There is enough plastic on the planet.
I have been looking into home-made organic alternatives for some cosmetic necessities. Why?
- use less plastic
- put less chemicals on body
- contribute to less chemicals down the drain and thus into our water supply
- and then there’s the whole testing on animals aspect
- This is what I have tried thus far:
You can opt for an oil face wash if you have dry or normal skin: mix 50% olive oil with 50% castor oil, use spread evenly on face and then remove the oil with warm water and a washcloth. If you have oily skin you can create this face wash: 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda with lemon juice or water.
Combine 6 teaspoons of Baking Soda with 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil; add as many drops of peppermint oil as you like – to taste – and if you would like it sweeter you can add some stevia as well. If it’s too watery; add more Baking Soda, if it’s too dry; add more Coconut Oil.
If you want to be fancy, you can brush your teeth with crushed up strawberries, this is a natural tooth whitener.
Coconut oil is a natural sun protectant and the oil hydrates your skin as well. I have learned from Sebjectivist that sunscreen actually gives you cancer: article.
Boil water with ginger root – you can add green tea as well. After the ginger/green tea water has cooled down add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and this is your shampoo.
Use one cup of water with one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (the one with “the Mother”). Mix together and use. After you have rinsed and towel-dried your hair you should add some Coconut Oil, especially if you have dry hair.
Mix ½ Avocado, 1 egg yolk and 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey together and add to hair. You can substitute the egg yolk for mayonnaise – it’s not an exact science, I tend to throw some of these ingredients together and it works just as well.
Coconut Oil is great to moisturize your body the summer time; in the winter you can use sesame or almond oil. Sesame oil is also great if you have sore muscles of joints (due to too much yoga, as I have experienced in India) as Sesame Oil penetrates through the skin right to the bone and muscles.
- This is what I have found & will try:
Use Jojoba Oil for your face, you can add some drops of rose essence or another natural fragrance if you prefer perfume. It’s also nice to add some pure Aloe Vera oil, as this soothes the skin.
Melt 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil with 1 tablespoon of Beeswax Pastilles and 1 tablespoon of Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter in a glass jar au Bain Marie (this means putting the glass jar in the pan containing boiling water), gently stir the mixture – don’t let it boil. When it’s mixed you can add some Beetroot powder to it, and maybe some organic essential oils for a nice smell or taste. Use an old lip moisturizer tin.
Source: wellness mama
Melt Coconut Oil (3 tablespoons) and Shea Butter (2 tablespoons) together over medium heat, stir in Baking Soda (3 tablespoons) and some essential oils if you like. Let it sit for a while and it will be ready to use.
When you have run out, you can use the juice of a fresh lemon as well.
This is a more difficult task, and I haven’t tried it. I found an appealing recipe here, which doesn’t look too difficult: Responsible Living.
If you don’t like the idea of making your own products then lots of over the counter products can be found here: Environmental Working Group. They rate the products based on how harmful they are for you and the environment. EWG also rates home-cleaning products.
I’m excited to be living in a home with a kitchen for a while here in Shanghai, so that I can start making my products again and not use whatever chemicals they put in their products with labels that I can’t read. Most of the products are very easy to make, except for the soap, and I can guarantee it’s fun to try and create your own product. You should save the plastic bottles of products that you already have in your home, or you can buy mason jars instead to use as containers.
When I find any of these ingredients here in Shanghai, I will start creating and once they are created: I will share with y’all!